A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 29, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 29, 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to you today to provide an update on current guidelines for the spring 2021 semester. Many plans and guidelines remain the same:

 

  • Auburn University will reopen on Jan. 4 as planned. Campus buildings and offices will be open and operating at this time.

 

  • University Housing will reopen on Jan. 8 as planned. Students who need to make alternate arrangements should email housing@auburn.edu.

 

  • Campus dining operations will resume on Jan. 8.

 

  • A new sentinel testing program will begin on Jan. 11. The program will be facilitated by the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and is designed to help protect students, faculty and staff from virus spread. Read more here.

 

  • Current event guidelines will continue through Feb. 1. This means events with more than 50 attendees are not permitted unless previously approved. Read more about the university’s event guidelines here.

 

  • Face coverings are required both indoors and outdoors while on campus. This policy went into effect Dec. 14 and is effective until Feb. 1. Read the complete policy here.

 

As we focus on the safety of our campus and community, the following change has been made:

 

  • Faculty offering face-to-face classes may choose to begin the semester remotely for up to two weeks. This decision is in alignment with the latest information from the medical community. Faculty will communicate any changes to students via email or Canvas as soon as possible.

 

Auburn continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 locally and around the state as we plan a safe and successful start to the spring semester. Should any additional operational changes be made, you will be notified via email.

 

Lastly, I hope you all are having a safe and restful holiday break. As we prepare to ring in the new year, I want to emphasize the importance of celebrating responsibly, and adhering to health and safety guidelines. Our behavior over the holidays will directly affect our ability to start the semester as planned.

 

Take care of yourself and those around you. I look forward to seeing you soon.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

Dear Students,

As the year comes to a close, I would be remiss if I did not share my gratitude to you for allowing us to successfully complete the fall 2020 semester. Our ability to stay on campus is a direct reflection of your commitment to following important safety protocols and university guidelines. I continue to say this semester has been unlike any we have ever experienced before, but I am grateful we were able to begin and end it together.

 

The university has recently updated policies that will ensure a strong start to the spring semester. Below are the new additions when you return to campus:

 

  • Face coverings are required both indoors and outdoors while on campus. This policy went into effect Dec. 14 and is effective until further notice. Read the complete policy here.

 

  • A new sentinel testing program will be offered this spring. The program will be facilitated by the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and is designed to help protect students, faculty and staff from virus spread. Read more here.

 

Many of the same policies and expectations from the fall semester will continue when you return to campus next semester. All students coming to campus for in-person courses or to attend campus events will continue to complete their GuideSafe™ Healthcheck daily. We will all be expected to continue those healthy habits like handwashing, physical distancing and wearing our face coverings. We must continue our efforts and not slack on keeping our Auburn Family safe.

 

In the event that any additional operational changes are made, you will be updated via email.

 

I wish you all a happy, and especially, healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you when we return for another successful semester at Auburn.

 

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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In memoriam: John “Jack” Kennedy

In memoriam: John “Jack” Kennedy

Auburn University will remember student John “Jack” Kennedy, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center beginning Dec. 3.

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Virtual Student Memorial Ceremony

Virtual Student Memorial Ceremony

Student Affairs will be honoring seven Auburn University students who passed away during the past academic year on Sunday, September 20th at 5pm. Warren Claborn, Kevin Lai, Kat Lersch, Dr. Daniel Newhard, Stacy Russell, James Stallworth, and Cole Watson will be honored at the Student Memorial Ceremony.

This will be a virtual event and attendees will be able to view the ceremony on the Auburn Eagle Eye TV YouTube channel. https://www.eagleeyeauburn.com/page/watch-live

For more information, please contact Katherine Hettinger, Manager, Auburn Cares, at 334-844-1423 or keh0018@auburn.edu .

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In memoriam: Paul “Warren” Claborn

In memoriam: Paul “Warren” Claborn

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Auburn University will remember student Paul “Warren” Claborn beginning Friday, Aug. 21.

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Friday, Aug. 21. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

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In memoriam: Stacy Russell

In memoriam: Stacy Russell

Auburn University will remember student Stacy Russell beginning Thursday, July 30

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Thursday, July 30. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Friday, July 31.

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Dr. Woodard announces inclusion and diversity workshop for Student Affairs employees

Dr. Woodard shares diversity and equity training opportunity with student affairs employees.

In partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Student Affairs leadership has worked to host a workshop for all Student Affairs staff who are interested and available to participate.

Informing an Everyday Inclusion and Diversity Mindset” will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29, 8:30 am  – 10:30 am. Garry Morgan, Special Assistant, Inclusion and Diversity Education is facilitating the session.

Interested staff are encouraged to register, please complete this doodle poll by noon on Monday, July 27.

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Auburn trustees approve Legacy Plaza to celebrate ‘Divine Nine’ Greek groups

Auburn trustees approve Legacy Plaza to celebrate ‘Divine Nine’ Greek groups

An artist's rendering of the NPHC Plaza.

The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved the NPHC Legacy Plaza, a campus area commemorating the nine members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

The plaza, which will be adjacent to the campus green space in the same area as the under-construction Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex, will celebrate the nine member organizations of the Auburn NPHC known as the “Divine Nine”: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

The plaza will include a wall with 10 commemorative markers – one for each of the NPHC organizations and a 10th to explain the history of Auburn’s Black Greek-letter organizations and to recognize the project’s supporters and donors. Trees representing each chapter will provide a backdrop to the wall, and the plaza will serve as an outdoor venue for informal gatherings and events.

“We’re proud that Auburn has taken this step to commemorate the achievements of the National Pan-Hellenic Council,” says Benard Goins, Greek Life coordinator. “This project will be a fitting tribute to these groups that have been an integral part of Auburn’s campus for more than 20 years.”

The NPHC Legacy Plaza is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

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Auburn Panhellenic recognized for communicating new recruitment plan

Auburn Panhellenic recognized for communicating new recruitment plan

The Auburn Panhellenic Executive Board.

Auburn Panhellenic has been recognized nationally for its efforts in communicating its revamped fall 2020 recruitment.

In its newsletter to members, the National Panhellenic Conference, an umbrella organization for 26 national women’s sororities in the U.S. and Canada, cited Auburn Panhellenic among “Best Practices for Communicating About Fall 2020 Recruitment,” specifically mentioning placement of a news story to announce its revised plan.

“It’s always great to see our students’ hard work recognized by others,” said Ryan Powell, director of Greek Life at Auburn. “We are so proud of them for their hard work and dedication during these often-confusing times.”

Lindsay Ollis, Panhellenic advisor in Greek Life, agreed.

“Our team has been working so hard to come up with a plan and communicate that plan effectively,” she said. “It’s nice that their effort has been noticed and that people are paying attention.”

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Involvement Awards winners announced

Involvement Awards winners announced

The Involvement Awards were announced via a video.

Student Involvement’s annual awards show, The Involvement Awards, had its virtual premiere on April 23.

The Involvement Awards celebrates the accomplishments of students, organizations and advisors on campus for their tremendous efforts of creating an engaging Auburn experience. The 17 award winners for 2020 are:

Student Leaders of the Year

Jim Brewster

Julianne Lyn

Olivia Atkins

Omer Khan

Swati Baskiyar

 

Outstanding Cultural Impact

Student Government Association

 

Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion

Campus Kitchen Project

 

Dr. Fred & Charlene Kam Human Touch Service Award

Student Association for Mentoring

 

Excellence in Practical Application

Block & Bridle

 

Excellence in Marketing and Design (Non-Student Activity Organization)

Financial Management Association

 

Excellence in Marketing and Design (Student Activity Organization)

Eagle Eye

 

Overcoming Adversity

Auburn University Dance Marathon

 

Corey M. Edwards Advisor of the Year

Joyce Thomas-Vinson

 

Outstanding New Organization

International City and County Management Association Student Chapter

 

Most Entertaining Campus Event

Tiger Stomp by National PanHellenic Council

 

Most Exceptional Campus Organization (Non-Student Activity Organization)

Campus Kitchen

 

Most Exceptional Organization (Student Activity Organization)

Emerge at Auburn

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